Every product I put on my face, makeup edition


Let’s get one thing straight: this is all of the makeup I wear, but not all of the makeup I wear all the time, especially not now, when the only thing to get dolled up is for Zoom calls. These days I mainly focus on my eyes, but when I’m going all out, I start things off with Dermalogica’s Skinperfect Primer, which minimizes pores and just sort of smoothes things out. It’s also ever-so-subtly tinted, which never hurts.

I’m a new convert to this Tinted Face Oil from Kosas, which is also subtle color-and-coverage-wise, and imparts the prettiest glow.

For blush, I reach for Glossier Cloud Paint, which imparts a bright, clean wash of color. You just have to remember that a tiny little bit of this stuff goes a seriously long way.

When I’m in the mood for highlighter, I go for this stuff, also from Glossier. It’s low-key, which is how I like my highlighter.

I use Ecobrow wax on my nonexistent eyebrows, and it makes a huge difference. Neglect not your brows, ladies!

This Shiseido eyeliner is so easy to apply, which is my number one demand of an eyeliner, and it lasts and lasts.

I’m also a fan of Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eyeshadow because it is so easy to apply, and if you choose your hue carefully, you won’t even feel like you’re wearing eyeshadow.

Benefit Roller Lash curls and lifts lashes, and is step #1 in my mascara regimen.

Step #2 in my mascara regimen usually is Nars Climax, which creates great volume, but I got a sample of this Shiseido mascara a while back and have been using it lately, and the result is nothing short of dramatic.

I like this Kosas lipstick—the hue is called Royal—and it’s both subtler and less deep red than it looks here. It’s more of a berry-ish color when you put it on.

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6 Thoughts on Every product I put on my face, makeup edition
    2 Jun 2020

    I’m always looking for eyebrow products. Been using the Glossier Boy Brow, which I like, but it’s not the cleanest product.
    How easy is it to apply EcoBrow? And does it stay pretty intact a full day?


    2 Jun 2020

    I haven’t worn makeup during the pandemic and my skin has absolutely loved it. I can’t imagine putting on heavy foundation when this is over. I will add my vote to the Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeshadow crayon. I was turned on to it by a friend who ironically works for MAC. At first I thought, you’ve got to be kidding me. These are dark…like DARK. But she drew on a line and smudged it out with a short haired brush and wow. It’s buildable and stays on a long time. Meanwhile, I also have no more eyebrows or eyelashes left (thanks menopause) so I appreciate those recs.


    2 Jun 2020

    I just want a tinted moisturizer with mineral SPF that I won’t sweat off. Is that too much to ask? Everything else looks good (though I do almost none of it These Days).


      2 Jun 2020

      Instead of going with one of the major cosmetics companies, try using a tinted sunscreen product. There are lots of good tinted mineral options out there. (Check on dermstore.com where you can filter your needs.)


    2 Jun 2020

    I don’t think it’s in the makeup category but what is the magic product for droopy eyelids? Butterfly blood? Cobweb tisane? I’ll try anything. There must be something apart from a knife…


      2 Jun 2020

      There are plenty of online makeup tutorials that show how to use eyeshadow to disguise droopy eyelids. There are creams advertised, but I can’t imagine they would be super effective – but I’d be happy for someone to prove me wrong.



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I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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